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Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
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Aug 03, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: coetzee
Read from August 03 to 04, 2012

winner of the 1999 booker prize...i don't know what # story by coetzee this is...3rd? i think it is the 3rd. story begins:

for a man of his age, fifty-two, divorced, he has, to his mind, solved the problem of sex rather well. on thursday afternoons he drives to green point. punctually at two p.m. he pressed the buzzer at the entrance to windsor mansions, speaks his name, and enters. waiting for him at the door of no. 113 is soraya. he goes straight through to the bedroom, which is pleasant-smelling and softly lit, and undresses. soraya emerges from the bathroom, drops her robe, slides into bed beside him. 'have you missed me?' she asks. 'i miss you all the time,' he replies. he strokes her honey-brown body, unmarked by the sun; he stretches out, kisses her breasts; they make love.

i've already read 24 pages into this story, and soraya does not last...so his problem of sex must be addressed elsewhere.

onward and upward.

update, finished, 4 aug 12, saturday evening, 8:24 p.m. e.s.t
good story...

an easy read, from point a to point b, nothing complicated, the only complications the actions of the characters. unlike the last story i read, South of Broad from Pat Conroy, a story with major and minor conflict throughout, here the conflict is one long sustained conflict, or two...or three...

after losing his...whore...my word, not coetzee's...david lurie finds himself w/a student and that ends badly...all those complications...the university has a kind of trial and that is a hoot, one of those catch-22 situations wherein anything david says is misconstrued...he can't say anything that will hold back the hounds...or he could, but he chooses not to...but each attempt to appease the jury results in their desire to...what? to see him grovel more? that's what it amounted to...all would be well and all manner of things would be well if they could have agreed to a solution--he could have kept his job? maybe...

so yeah, an easy read, but nothing easy for the characters, although at least one seems to take it easy...maybe two...take it easy.

in the end, i thought it could have continued...easily...as there are matters left unfinished by story's end. good read...almost marked this as a favorite...as it will be with me for a time.

and then some
like, why did lucy, david's daughter, take the road she took?...or the road that opened for her later, the one that didn't reach its destination by story's end? what lucy and david...endured...there on the small farm that is not a farm...

and the actions of the three black dudes and the results parallel what happened to david at the school, with the student...david, more or less, forced himself on the student...later...there seemed to be a kind of willingness on her part...until others became involved...

and there's this sideline, an aside about dogs running through the story...bev cares for strays and puts them to sleep...david helping out...and that's how the story ends, too...
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